Maureen Wenham, from Haringeyâ€™s Job Centre Plus presented the Two Ticks Positive About Disability Award to the College of Haringey Enfield and North East Londonâ€™s Director of HR Services, Tanya Carter last week (Tues 16 November).
The College has been awarded the Two Ticks Disability symbol by Job Centre Plus, which shows the College is positive about disabled people and has signed up to the five commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness.
The College actively employs staff with disabilities and works with organisations such as Access to Work, run by Job Centre plus.
This partnership helps people with disabilities to do their jobs more effectively and provides employers with advice and support towards extra costs that may arise because of a disabled worker’s needs.
Sandra Fox, a member of the College’s Supported Learning Team, provides help for students with a range of communication and learning needs.
Sandra is dyslexic which gives her good insight into the problems the students she works with face and which can be overcome with the use of assistive technology..
Sandra said: “The College provides me with the assistive technology I need. This is dedicated software that converts speech to text, maps ideas for essays and so on – essential for dyslexics to communicate effectively. The College knows my needs, and sees my skills not my disabilities. That means I can do my work successfully and help others who need similar support.”
Vice Principal, Jane O’Neill, said: “It is important to provide appropriate support to everyone in our College, whether they are learners or staff, so that they can excel.”
The College offers a wide range of Supported Learning at both the Tottenham and Enfield Centres. This includes Entry Level courses that progress onto mainstream courses, assistive technology for literacy and numeracy and specialist packages for a range of needs.